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The Dome Trail

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2.8 Miles 4.6 Kilometers


Singletrack

1,722' 525 m

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0' 0 m

Descent

11%

Avg Grade (7°)

35%

Max Grade (19°)

2,179' 664 m

High

457' 139 m

Low

Shared By Scott Holman

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Steep, Fast, Technical, and Flowy. Great views of Anchorage and surrounding areas from the top.

Scott Holman

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Rideable June-October.

Getting to this trail requires the JBER iSportsman Pass (available here: jber.isportsman.net/).

It is not suggested to ride this trail during peak times, as there are many hikers and you WILL be traveling fast on the descent.

Description

This is one of the best Anchorage area singletrack trails for riders that like a climbing challenge and can handle higher speeds with limited sight-lines and technical terrain. There are VERY steep sections, that even the best climbers will have to hike their bikes up, but the payoff is well worth the pain.

To get to the trailhead, park at the North Bivouac trailhead on the left when heading up Campbell Airstrip Road. Follow the doubletrack trail for a couple of miles, passing the stout metal fence next to Stuckagain Heights Trail. **From this point, you need to be signed in to the JBER iSportsman website.** Once past this gate, you'll descend a little more doubletrack and cross a wooden/metal bridge. Ride the gravel road for about a half mile(roughly), keeping an eye to the right for the unmarked clearing with a trail leading into the woods. This is the start of The Dome Trail.

Once on the trail, there is a steady climb with punchy steep sections until you get to a T intersection. Take a left at this T, the climb continues, with several steeper sections and more technical terrain. Just below the overlook, there is a STEEP, loose rocky climb. Once on the overlook, you can turn around the head down or keep climbing up and gain the ridgeline to the west (obvious trail) and extend this ride longer.

Enjoy the ride down! At the T intersection, make a right and keep on smiling.

Note: There is an alternate route from Basher Road to get to the T intersection, but it eliminates the second half of the trail, which is the very fun flowy section.

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To clarify directions the doubletrack in the description is called the Tank Trail. The map on this page starts on the single track climb leaving this part out so that's a little confusing. It's more like 5 miles each way. I definitely second the recommendation to do this off peak hours. The forest is super thick with no visibility and you would have trouble avoiding someone as you go down. Jun 21, 2016
PNut S
Spokane, WA
PNut S   Spokane, WA
This trail is fairly well explained, however when VERY STEEP was all caps, the dude meant it. It was basically unridable going up for about half the trail unless you have the legs of a Tour de France Polka Dot Jersey holder, and even then with the loose gravel I wouldn't be surprised if they couldn't make it either. On your descent, make sure you're ready to be hard on the brakes for a long time if you're starting from the peak, the descent grade is pretty constant until you get back to the tree line. I went to the peak on the TOPO map (walked the bike) and sent it, needless to say my brakes were moments from smoking. No kidding i had to stop to let them cool. (I have SRAM Guide RSC Brakes and SRAM centerline 180mm rotors). The view is worth going up any way you do it. (Riding: Transition Smuggler XO1) Jul 4, 2018
Anna Ferntheil
ANCHORAGE
Anna Ferntheil   ANCHORAGE
The steep rocky section at the end can be avoided. The trail splits there-go right to go straight up, continue straight on a slightly less obvious trail to wind around the front at a less steep angle. The detour is probably about .1 miles. Nov 7, 2018

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